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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration September Pin Releases

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


If you have been collecting the Diamond Decades pins for the past several months at the Disneyland Resort, be sure to mark your calendars as final releases in this series are set to debut this month. On September 10, add to your collection with Cars Land, Soarin’, Star Tours and Toy Story Mania.

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On September 17, look for additional releases from the series including “Fantasmic!,” Grizzly River Run and Paradise Pier.

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Pins will be available to purchase on their release dates at the following locations:

Which Diamond Decades pin is your favorite?

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Voice of Princess Jasmine Joins the Speaker Series During Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

posted on August 31st, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


The runDisney Health & Fitness Expo is the headquarters for everything you need to prepare yourself for a runDisney race weekend. Not only can runners pick up their race bib, event shirt and gEAR bag from the Expo, there is much more in-store for those who visit. Runners and guests can check out official runDisney race weekend merchandise, and get a sneak peek at the latest in fitness apparel, footwear, sunglasses, high-tech gadgets, and nutritional products.

Every Expo also includes a Speaker Series with relevant speakers to the race weekend. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna and the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the voice of Princess Jasmine will make an appearance!

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Linda Larkin is the voice of Princess Jasmine in Walt Disney’s “Aladdin,” as well as “The Return of Jafar,” “Aladdin and the King of Thieves,” the Emmy-nominated 100-episode “Aladdin” animated television series, and “Sofia the First.” Linda was recently honored with the Disney Legends Award, recognizing her for her extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company.

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Linda will be at the Expo on Thursday, September 3, from 4–5 p.m., Friday, September 4, from 2-3 p.m., and Saturday, September 5, from 10–11 a.m. After Linda shares her journey as Princess Jasmine, guests are invited to attend a meet and greet with her. Be sure to be there early, as Linda will be signing a limited quantity of special “Aladdin” postcards for guests. There is no entry fee to the Expo or to the Speaker Series, which is held at the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall.

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Come check out Linda to prepare for Disney’s “Aladdin: Diamond Edition” release on Blu-ray and Digital HD on September 29, 2015 (Digital) and October 13, 2015 (Physical).

Follow our live coverage of Linda’s presentation on Twitter @runDisney this Friday, Sept. 4 from 2-3 p.m.! Visit runDisney.com for more information on upcoming events!

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Show your Diamond #DisneySide During Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort

posted on August 28th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


Next weekend, thousands of runners will join together to run and celebrate the 10th anniversary of Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna®. Not only is it the 10th anniversary of this special event, but it’s also the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, commemorating 60 years of magic at the Disneyland Resort!

It’s going to be a celebration to remember, indeed! Here are a few ways to show your “Diamond” Disney Side during this exciting weekend with the help of New Balance and Champion.

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Kick off the race weekend in style at the Disneyland 5K by sporting the Limited Edition runDisney Collection Fresh Foam Boracay inspired by Donald Duck shoe. These shoes will be available exclusively at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo.

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Mirror, Mirror, on the wall. Who is the most stylish of them all? I absolutely love the Black Splatter PowerTrain Tight by Champion. They’re the perfect balance of flair and comfort to bring the Evil Queen inspired look to life for the Disneyland 10K!

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For the half marathon, join the 10th anniversary celebration with a look that incorporates the colors of the iconic Disneyland Half Marathon logo!

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Runners who conquer the Disneyland 10K and the Disneyland Half Marathon will be awarded with the honor (and bling) of completing the Dumbo Double Dare. Don’t just fly, soar to the finish line with this Dumbo-inspired ensemble!

Good luck to all participants during Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. Show us your “Diamond” Disney Side outfits on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #DisneylandHalf!

Check out NBvirtualqueue.com to find out how to get your Fresh Foam Boracay inspired by Donald Duck during the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend.

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California Family Wins a Disneyland Diamond Days Prize

posted on August 28th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, we hosted Thomas Lyons and his family, from Manhattan Beach, Calif. – winner of one of the prizes being awarded during Disneyland Diamond Days! In the video below, join Thomas, his wife Faith and daughters Grace and Phoebe as they enjoy their last Disneyland Resort visit before Grace and Phoebe head to college this semester. The visit was made extra special with their prize package, which included a three-day, two-night Disneyland Resort vacation and an exclusive tour of Disney California Adventure park before the park opened for the day, capped off with a special ride in the Red Car Trolley with Mickey Mouse.

For details, Official Rules and to learn more about Disneyland Diamond Days, visit Disneyland.com/DiamondDays.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., Mexico and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age of majority as of date of entry. Sweepstakes ends 6:59 AM PT on 9/11/15. Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 22nd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Fall will be here before you know it and we’re already sharing some great experiences to look forward to during this season’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort and Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

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When Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in Magic Kingdom Park debuts September 15, a new Happy HalloWishes Premium Dessert Package will be part of the fun. The premium offering will include viewing a Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade from the reserved location followed by sweet treats at festively decorated Tomorrowland Terrace where you have a cool view of Cinderella Castle during the Happy HalloWishes Nighttime Spectacular.

Check Pam’s original story for more details. You can call make reservations by visit DisneyWorld.com/DINE or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

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Also this week, Erin shared some things to know for this year’s Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort as it dazzles during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Here are a few nighttime spectaculars you can see:

Guests visiting with regular admission during Mickey’s Halloween Party dates will not be able to view “Paint the Night” parade or either fireworks spectaculars. If you plan to watch “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, please check the calendar at Disneyland.com to be sure you are attending on a non-party night. All show schedules are subject to change.

You can read more about Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort by checking Erin’s original story.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Tour The ‘Walt Disney Archives Presents-Disneyland: The Exhibit’ At The D23 EXPO – The Disney Archives Exhibit at the D23 EXPO showcased artifacts important to the history of The Walt Disney Company and even Walt Disney himself.

Top Must-Do’s During Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – Check out our top must-do’s for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna at Disneyland Resort.

A Peek Inside the AVATAR Exhibit at D23 Expo – Take a photo tour inside the AVATAR exhibit from the D23 Expo last weekend.

Disney Parks Attraction Poster Deluxe Calendar Returns for 2016 – The popular Disney Parks Attraction poster deluxe calendar is returning in 2016 to select merchandise locations.

PHOTO GALLERY: Best Images from the 2015 D23 Expo – Explore all the excitement from the D23 EXPO in Anaheim, Calif.

Enter ‘The Chew’s’ Sweepstakes for a Chance to Win a Trip to 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – We’re thrilled the Emmy award-winning ABC hit show “The Chew” is joining us for the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – and they are giving you (and three of your guests) a chance to win a visit, too.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Sleeping Beauty Castle Dazzles at Night

posted on August 20th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


The iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle, covered in diamonds commemorating the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, is spectacular during the day. And at night, it is simply dazzling. Here are a few photos of the sparkling Disneyland park icon.

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A DAZZLING NIGHT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) - A special medallion and diamond accents honoring the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration illuminate the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

A DAZZLING NIGHT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) - A special medallion and diamond accents honoring the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration illuminate the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

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Tour The ‘Walt Disney Archives Presents-Disneyland: The Exhibit’ At The D23 EXPO

posted on August 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


A highlight of this year’s D23 EXPO for Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller and I was visiting our old blog friend, Nate Rasmussen, at the Disney Archives Exhibit at the EXPO. In case you aren’t familiar, the Disney Archives was officially established in 1970 to collect and preserve artifacts important to the history of The Walt Disney Company and even Walt Disney himself. We were excited to see what the Disney Archives exhibit would feature this time.

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In honor of the the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration , this year’s theme for the exhibit was “Walt Disney Archives Presents—Disneyland: The Exhibit.” The display, measuring 12,000 square feet and offering up more than 300 historical items, was the largest exhibit the Archives has ever hosted. It was chock full of amazing pieces of Disney Parks history, such as the Abominable Snowman and Matterhorn Bobsleds vehicle.

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Fantasyland ride vehicles were also a popular sight. One display included a prototype of a ride vehicle from the Alice in Wonderland dark attraction, while another featured a pirate ship from Peter Pan’s Flight.

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Aside from vintage ride vehicles, the original Maleficent dragon head from “Fantasmic!” at Disneyland park was available for up-close viewing, as was an illuminated bug from “Main Street Electrical Parade.” Props from The Country Bear Jamboree Vacation Hoedown included a tire swing, summer-themed guitars and other instruments.

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Some artifacts gave guests a behind-the-scenes look at the making of what are now considered to be classic Disney Parks attractions, such as models, maquettes, sketches, artist renderings, prototypes and more.

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We were also excited to see some of the vintage Disneyland park merchandise included in the display, including mini-tombstones that could be personalized with guest names, Adventureland boardgames, tin Matterhorn coin banks, and much more.

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Top 10 Things I Discovered at the D23 EXPO 2015

posted on August 18th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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The D23 EXPO 2015 was a blast! There were incredible announcements of upcoming projects throughout the Walt Disney Company (the seven year old me can’t believe that Star Wars Land will be a real place). Besides those major announcements, I wanted to share the top 10 things I discovered during my visit this year.

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I Need to Step Up My Aloha Shirt Collection
Being a long time fan of Aloha shirts, I loved seeing John Lasseter’s Studio Collection on display. In 1999, designer Reyn Spooner created a custom shirt for John featuring art and characters from Disney-Pixar’sToy Story 2.” The tradition continues today with shirts for the newest animated features including “Inside Out.”

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Incredible Displays
Located nearby the shirt display, I found this wall of Pixar balls (above). The décor found throughout the Expo was over-the-top. I’d love to recreate something like this wall in a future home.

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DisneyNature “Born in China”
Ever since I was an attraction manager at China Pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot, I’ve dreamed of visiting China. I look forward to seeing DisneyNature “Born in China” coming soon to theatres. You can see the trailer here

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Caring at the Disney Citizenship Pavilion
I loved watching Disney fans make care kits at the Disney Citizenship Pavilion. This pavilion showed what Disney is doing to inspire kids and families to think creatively, live healthier, conserve nature, and strengthen our communities.

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Disney Infinity 3.0
I’m beyond excited for Disney Infinity 3.0 which debuts on August 30 this year. I loved seeing a full size image of Sam Flynn from Disney’s “TRON: Legacy” that will be a new figure released later this month. Stay tuned for additional details about an early launch party at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace on August 28.

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Gravity Falls Mystery Shack
There was a full scale recreation of the Mystery Shack from Gravity Falls. I wanted to take everything home with me. A brand new episode debuts on Monday, August 24 at 8:30 p.m. on Disney XD. I can’t wait!

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Quest for Trading Cards
Since I spent 7 ½ years as Project Manager for Disney Trading, I was delighted to see trading cards at the D23 Expo. They were part of a Trading Card Quest presented by Disney Visa Card. Fans received a starter pack of cards, and could search for opportunities to collect different cards from locations all over the show floor. I even watched Disney Fans trading cards in my hotel lobby.

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Disney Dream Store
I visited the Disney Dream Store a few times. The 3-foot Vinylmation Haunted Mansion-inspired figure by artist Javier Soto was impressive.

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D23 EXPO Design Challenge
I was also impressed with the D23 EXPO Design Challenge that my fellow author Jeffrey Epstein first discussed in March 2015. In honor of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, artists were invited to craft their own interpretation of Sleeping Beauty Castle. The image above contains just a few pieces I enjoyed seeing.

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The People Who Make the Dream a Reality
My favorite thing I learned attending the D23 EXPO 2015 is Disney fans are incredible people! While I enjoyed seeing a Nav’i from the upcoming Pandora – The World of AVATAR coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, I loved meeting people who love Disney as much as me. The costumes some fans wore, such as the one my friend Mary Jo made to honor newly inducted Disney Legend Julie Reihm Casaletto, were outstanding. Stay tuned for a closer look at some of those costumes in a future Disney Parks Blog article.

What was your favorite part of the D23 EXPO this year? Please share in the comments below.

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Summertime at the Hotels of the Disneyland  Resort

posted on August 13th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


As you’re enjoying the last few weeks of summer, I hope there’s a trip planned to Anaheim to experience the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration! And if you’re staying overnight (or two!) at one of our three hotels, there is plenty of fun in store for your stay.

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Whether you are looking to cool down or simply relax, here are three unexpected ways to enjoy summertime as a guest of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort:

  1. Pool Parties: Enjoy fun in the sun with a pool party at any of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. These seasonal parties occur daily in the afternoon and include games, music and dancing!
  2. Magical Night at the Movies: For a relaxing evening, cozy up with a favorite Disney film on select nights under the stars. Movie screenings take place at all three hotels, and guests are encouraged to bring snacks for the show!
  3. Cabanas: If you’re interested in lounging by the pool all day, consider reserving a private, poolside cabana. Available for a half-day or full-day, stretch out under a shaded cabana equipped with everything you need to relax. To make a reservation at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa or the Disneyland Hotel for an additional fee, call (714) 635-2300 or visit the Guest Services desk inside either hotel.

What’s your favorite summertime activity at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort?

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Shopper’s Guide to the Disney Dream Store at D23 EXPO 2015

posted on August 10th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


D23 EXPO 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center is just days away! If you’ve been reading the Disney Parks Blog, then you already have details on some of the D23 EXPO logo merchandise, collectibles, artist signings and more. Here’s a look at some of the merchandise you’ll find as well as some tips on what you need to know before you go shopping in the Disney Dream Store (located in Hall A).

I consider these first items quite the “ticket.” That’s because they have actually been inspired by Disneyland park ticket patterns of year’s past. You’ll find the elements of the art on a Walt’s Kingdom tee, mug, toothpick holders, a car magnet pack, button/lanyard set, and even on our HARVEYS bags and wallets. D-Tech fans will delight in the new phone cases available this year themed to D23 EXPO 2015 and the 60th Anniversary of the Mickey Mouse Club—look for similar art to appear on tees as well. Tip: D-Tech cases will be available in iPhone 6, iPhone 6plus and Samsung Galaxy S5.

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Is your head spinning? You’ll be in for one wild ride when you pick up the much anticipated Mr. Toad limited edition 10” plush. This is the second in the series of four plush that is being released for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Of course, you can quench your thirst for this year’s D23 EXPO merchandise with the Everyone’s A Character stainless steel 22 oz. water bottle. You’ll look cool and stay hydrated throughout the weekend’s festivities.

If it’s a statement you’re looking to make this year, the D23 EXPO Castle Foam Hat will certainly do the trick! Tip: Don’t worry, there’s actually a chin strap that will help hold it in place. Or if you’re feeling “Goofy,” like we were, add some character to special D23 EXPO moments with the Photo Prop Set. Be sure to share your photos across all social channels using #D23EXPO.

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I know you’re curious to find out about D23 EXPO vinylmation and pins, so I won’t make you wait any longer. There will be several new Vinylmation debuting themed to Aristocats, Fantasia, Pinocchio and more. As for pins, you will find limited edition and limited release pins, a boxed set, jumbo pin and mystery set. Here are a couple of pins that caught my attention.

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A few additional reminders before you go!

  • If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to bring the magic of merchandise to life, join us August 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Stage 28, as we take you from concept to reality with behind-the-scenes storytelling about classic Disney souvenirs.
  • On August 15, look for a very special release taking place only at the Disney Dream Store. What is it? They have been ‘forcing’ me to tell you, but I can’t, I can simply state, it’s out of this world.
  • New this year is StorePass which will be available for select D23 EXPO shopping locations. Find out more details here.

What are you the most excited for?

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